Astronomers Name Asteroid After Star Trek's Leonard Nimoy

Monday, 08 June 2015 - 1:05PM
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Monday, 08 June 2015 - 1:05PM
Astronomers Name Asteroid After Star Trek's Leonard Nimoy
Leonard Nimoy may, sadly, be gone, but his legacy lives on, both in the form of his son's documentary, "For the Love of Spock," and a newly christened "Spock asteroid." The Minor Planet Center just announced that, in honor of Nimoy's passing, the late and great actor will have an asteroid named after him.

The announcement reads:

(4864) Nimoy = 1988 RA5

Discovered 1988 Sept. 2 by H. Debehogne at the European Southern Observatory.

Leonard Nimoy (1931–2015) was an American actor, film director and poet. Best known for his portrayal of the half-Vulcan/half-human science officer Spock in the original "Star Trek" TV series and subsequent movies, Nimoy wrote two autobiographies: I Am Not Spock (1975) and I Am Spock (1995).

Spock's asteroid, discovered in 1988 and now called "Nimoy," is six miles wide and is located in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter. In the next month, the asteroid will travel from Capricorn to Sagittarius, reaching a maximum 16th magnitude of brightness. In mid-July, the asteroid may be visible to backyard astronomers with telescopes of 14 inches or larger.

Via Blastr.
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